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23 March 2021

EIT Urban Mobility launches new calls for proposals

Call for Proposals EIT Mobility 2021

On March 19th, 2021, EIT Urban Mobility launches a call for the Innovation Programme 2022 focused on our City Challenge Areas. This year the focus is set on the areas Active Mobility, Sustainable Logistics, Energy and Mobility and Future Mobility.

Urban Mobility has gone through unexpected and momentous changes in 2020. COVID-19 ripped through our nations and cities bringing individual, community and societal upheaval and turmoil.

EIT Urban Mobility was privileged to play a small role in Covid Response Initiatives. Inclusive logistics projects protecting the elderly and vulnerable were rolled out in Budapest touching thousands. New ruggedised rickshaws were designed for handicapped and reduced mobility passenger in the hilly cities of Bergamo and Bilbao. As road space was taken back for public space, citizens in 5 cities were able to design and manufacture their street furniture for their own public spaces.  New nanotech sprays covered the surfaces our buses and metros, to ensure we got home safely.  

In 2021, EIT Urban Mobility launches a call for the Innovation Programme 2022 focused on our City Challenge Areas. This year the focus is set on the areas Active Mobility, Sustainable Logistics, Energy and Mobility and Future Mobility.

Call for Proposals for Innovation

The Innovation Programme offers 7.7 M € funding with a maximum funding rate of 70%. Proposals will receive between 400 k€ and 950 k€ (funding rate of 70% max). Actors that can apply are cities and industry players and should follow the constellation of minimum 3 cities from 2 different countries (EU MS or Associated countries) and 2 industry players including at least 1 SME. The challenge areas are active mobility, future mobility, mobility and energy, and sustainable city logistics.

The overall purpose of the Innovation Programme is to take innovative ideas, improves them, and puts them into practice. EIT Urban Mobility aims to ensure safe urban transport, provide better data exploitation, increase modal shift, drive take-up of active transport, promote community self-help, and facilitate behavioural change. 

Call for Proposals focused on Creating Public Realm

The call for proposals focused on creating public realm offers 0.8 m€ with a maximum funding rate of 50%. The call is dedicated to tactical urbanism.

Tactical urbanism activities should deliver healthy and accessible public spaces. They should contribute to increasing citizen participation by improving the quality of urban areas, especially the neighbourhoods, and making urban areas more attractive and thereby attract more resources.  

The projects should demonstrate that wider social and environmental benefits -such as more physical activity, less pollution and traffic, safer mobility – can be achieved by providing universal access to safe, inclusive, and accessible, green and public spaces, or scaling approaches and solutions for wider citizen participation to reach new communities and neighbourhoods hence improving urban liveability and wellbeing.  

Each proposal will receive maximum funding of 100 k€. Actors eligible to apply are cities, following the constellation of at least 2 cities from 2 EU MS or Associated countries, and at least 2 additional partners from the knowledge triangle.

The goal of this call for projects is to generate social innovation by improving and transforming streets and public spaces with tactical urbanism and street experiments as part of a city-wide approach for liveable cities, and building on adopted mobility strategies and plans in cities. Projects will implement pilots for inclusive, safe and accessible public realm design in a city or town, and build momentum for long-term policy change in communities – especially in disconnected and less central neighbourhoods – to help improve liveability for all local residents.  

The deadline to apply for the calls is May 18th, 2021.